Musician Kate Alexa talks recording in London

Published September 10th, 2012

For SF Spotlight this week we chatted to Melbourne born and internationally bound songstress Kate Alexa, who has just returned from recording her new album in London. Returning home with a sexy new filmclip and a list of dance inducing songs, the city's music industry seamed to rub off on Kate in all the right ways. Here she tells us about recording, sunbaking and shopping in the UK's capital.

Musician Kate Alexa

Musician Kate Alexa


How many countries have you travelled to?
I’ve been lucky enough to see lots of amazing places around the world – some highlights include seeing a lot of Europe, including London, Sweden and Italy. I’ve also been to Thailand, and the US, including New York, LA, Vegas and Hawaii.


If you could narrow it down, what would be your top three?
London is a definite favourite of mine, and I love the US. New York is like no other place I’ve been to and the energy of the place is amazing. Italy was absolutely amazing - the food was incredible and my mouth waters even thinking about it now. The shopping was also fantastic and I loved all the small lane ways with hidden cafes and bars! Actually, now that I mention it, great shopping seems to be a common theme with all three of my favourite destinations...


Craziest travel experience?

It might sound a bit cliché but I think I have to say Vegas but I can’t say too much more, because as you know...what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!


You recently wrote and recorded your latest album in London - what was it like living there for a period of time?
When I first started work on my new album, I wasn’t quite sure of the direction I wanted to take, so it was a great opportunity for me to take some time to travel and work with a lot of different writers and producers overseas. London is a beautiful place to be and it is also great being so central in Europe, although I probably didn’t get to see as much of it as I should! I spent most of my time in London writing and recording the album, and met some incredibly talented producers and songwriters that are based in the UK. There are a lot of fantastic live music venues in London and I felt like it was the right place for me to be at the time when making the record.


What did you love about the city?
Shopping! At the time Topshop hadn’t reached Australian shores yet so that was a big bonus at the time. But in general, London has a fantastic variety of shops – from the high street to more luxury designer finds, there’s something for everyone! It was very hard to stay within the luggage limit on the journey home to Melbourne.


Describe your favourite London moment?

When I was there recording, they were having what was considered a heat wave for London. As I was walking to the studio every day there would be people lying in the park in bikinis and shorts, sunbaking. I thought this was quite funny because the whole time I was wearing a jumper and scarf...to me it was not one bit hot!


Do you have a top tip for the perfect London stay?
I think the key to any good trip is to always ask people you know for the best places to see! Getting advice from others that have been there before means you get to explore a lot of new places, bars, restaurants and shops that you might of never known about! Especially in a big city, you want to make sure you don’t miss out on the best parts!
With the release of your new album, are you planning on touring soon?
I’m very excited that I will be supporting Martika on her Australian tour in October! This will take me around the country and I’m really excited to get to see some places that I haven’t been to in a while. I love performing live, and while writing and recording is a great outlet, there’s nothing that quite compares to the adrenaline of travelling and performing live in some fantastic cities.


If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would absolutely love to perform at The Roxy in Los Angeles!


See Kate Alexa live as she tours  around Australia next month with Martika, or in the mean time check out the film clip for her latest single 'I'm Falling.'


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.